Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History

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From Stonehenge to the royal gardens of Versailles, from the Nazca Lines of Peru to the Forbidden City of Beijing, from the great temple complexes of ancient Egypt to New York's Central Park, people throughout the world from the dawn of civilization have shaped the landscape around them. This fascinating book, a comprehensive survey of the history of landscape design, considers what the evolution of human interaction with the land reveals about the development of society, and how the resulting cities, parks, and ...
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Overview

From Stonehenge to the royal gardens of Versailles, from the Nazca Lines of Peru to the Forbidden City of Beijing, from the great temple complexes of ancient Egypt to New York's Central Park, people throughout the world from the dawn of civilization have shaped the landscape around them. This fascinating book, a comprehensive survey of the history of landscape design, considers what the evolution of human interaction with the land reveals about the development of society, and how the resulting cities, parks, and gardens embody the values of the cultures that planned and built them. Beginning with prehistoric caves and stone circles, and continuing through the cities and planned environments created by civilizations from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome up to the most exciting avant-garde gardens and earthworks of the present day, author Elizabeth Barlow Rogers discusses these superb landscapes in their historical and cultural contexts.

Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of plans, drawings, and photographs, many made specifically for this book, Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History will be an invaluable resource to scholars, architects, garden enthusiasts, and indeed to anyone who appreciates the place-making creations of both the great artists and the ordinary folk who have shaped the land.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, former administrator of New York City's Central Park (The Forests and Wetlands of New York City), begins Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History with stone circles and ziggurats, and traces design's evolution through to today's suburbs and theme parks. An encyclopedic account of man-made landscapes around the world illustrated with a stunning 633 photos and drawings, more than half in color, the book reveals a 1720 English turf ampitheater, the "Tea, Moss and Stones" (as one chapter is titled) of Japanese gardens, the grand genius of Versailles designer Andr Le N tre, as well as today's "Earthworks, Golf Courses, Philosophical Models, and Poetic Metaphors." It's an accessible and elegant respite. ( Dec.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly
Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, former administrator of New York City's Central Park (The Forests and Wetlands of New York City), begins Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History with stone circles and ziggurats, and traces design's evolution through to today's suburbs and theme parks. An encyclopedic account of man-made landscapes around the world illustrated with a stunning 633 photos and drawings, more than half in color, the book reveals a 1720 English turf ampitheater, the "Tea, Moss and Stones" (as one chapter is titled) of Japanese gardens, the grand genius of Versailles designer Andr Le N tre, as well as today's "Earthworks, Golf Courses, Philosophical Models, and Poetic Metaphors." It's an accessible and elegant respite. ( Dec.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Perhaps best known as the founding director of New York's Central Park Conservancy, which oversaw and funded the park's revitalization, Rogers (The Forests and Wetlands of New York City) here presents a comprehensive survey of landscape design. Viewing her subject as the art that modifies and shapes nature, she explores the cultural values that shape, or are embodied in, cities, parks, and gardens. Embracing all cultures and ranging from prehistoric times to the present, this book covers the broadest range of subjects implied by the title, including city planning, landscape architecture, conservation, earthworks, and other uses of land in contemporary art. While this history is international in scope, it does narrow its primary focus to the United States when it reaches the late 20th century. The photographs and especially the plans are excellent and numerous. Single pages or double-page spreads devoted to specific topics add an encyclopedic element while allowing Rogers to provide even more information, illustrations, and plans without interrupting the flow of her very readable text. Accessible to lay readers but of interest to scholars, this book could serve as the text for a comprehensive course on the history of landscape design. Highly recommended. Daniel Starr, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New York Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
New Yorker
This sumptuously illustrated book expands the definition of landscaping from the usual suspects -- Versailles, Tivoli, and Central Park -- to include, on the one hand, Stonehenge and the Pyramids and, on the other, Disneyland. The result is a comprehensive history of human interaction with the land. Barlow Rogers, a landscape planner, considers that the main shift has been from a sacral idea of place to a conception of "value-neutral" space governed by mathematical principles of perspective. So, while ancient sites reflected pagan cosmologies and animistic beliefs, in Renaissance landscapes the experience of the individual viewer became central. When Petrarch, a keen gardener, explained why he had tried to climb Mont Ventoux, his words were quintessentially those of a Renaissance man: "My only motive was to see what so great an elevation had to offer."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810942530
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.75 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 16
Introduction: The Shaping of Space; the Meaning of Place 20
Chapter 1 Magic, Myth, and Nature: Landscapes of Prehistoric, Early Ancient, and Contemporary Peoples 26
I. Caves and Circles: Sustaining Life and Discerning Cosmic Order
II. Architectural Mountains and the Earth's First Cities: Landscape as Urban Power in Early Ancient Civilizations
III. Ritual and Landscape in Prehistoric Greece: Earth Goddess and the Mighty Lords
IV. Cosmology in the Landscapes of the Americas: Spirits of Earth and Sky
Chapter 2 Nature, Art, and Reason: Landscape Design in the Classical World 58
I. Gods and Humans: The New Contract with Nature
II. Polis and Acropolis: City and Temple in the Greek Landscape
III. Empire: Hellenism and Roman Urbanism
IV. Garden and Villa: The Art of Landscape in Ancient Rome
Chapter 3 Visions of Paradise: Landscape Design as Symbol and Metaphor 97
I. Paradise as a Literary Topos: Gardens of God and Gardens of Love
II. Paradise on Earth: The Islamic Garden
III. Paradise Contained: Walled Cities and Walled Gardens of the European Middle Ages
Chapter 4 Classicism Reborn: Landscape Ideals of the Renaissance in Italy and France 125
I. Petrarch, Alberti, and Colonna: Humanism and the Landscape
II. Bramante and the Rediscovery of Axial Planning: Gardens of Sixteenth-Century Italy
III. Axial Planning on an Urban Scale: The Development of Renaissance Rome
IV. Currents of Fashion: The Transformation of the Italian Garden in France
V. The Evolution of French Urbanization and Garden Style: Paris in the Time of Henry IV
Chapter 5 Power and Glory: The Genius of Le Notre and the Grandeur of the Baroque 165
I. The Making of Vaux-le-Vicomte and Versailles: Andre Le Notre
II. The Garden as Theater: Italian Baroque and Rococo Gardens
Chapter 6 Expanding Horizons: Court and City in the European Grand Manner 194
I. French and Italian Exports: The Application of Classical and Baroque Design Principles to Gardens in the Netherlands, England, Germany, and Beyond
II. The Heroic City: Expressions of Classical and Baroque Urbanism
III. Nature's Paradise: America in the Colonial and Federal Periods
Chapter 7 Sense and Sensibility: Landscapes of the Age of Reason, Romanticism, and Revolution 232
I. The Genius of the Place: Forging a New Landscape Style Through Literature, Art, and Theory
II. Leaping the Fence: The Transformation of the English Landscape into a Pastoral Idyll with Political Meaning
III. Remaking England: Capability Brown, Professional Improver
IV. Nature's Canvas: English Philosophers and Practitioners of the Picturesque
V. Landscapes of Moral Virtue and Exotic Fantasy: The French Picturesque
VI. Designing Nature's Garden: The Landscapes of Thomas Jefferson
VII. The Landscape of Mind and Soul: Goethe and Wordsworth
Chapter 8 Nature as Muse: The Gardens of China and Japan 281
I. Mountains, Lakes, and Islands: Intimations of Immortality in the Chinese Garden
II. Tea, Moss, and Stones: Temple and Palace Gardens of Japan
Chapter 9 Expanding Cities and New Social Institutions: The Democratization of Landscape Design 311
I. Botanical Science, the Gardenesque Style, and People's Parks: Landscape Design in Victorian England
II. Redefining Rural America: The Influence of Andrew Jackson Downing
III. Honoring History and Repose for the Dead: Commemorative Landscapes and Rural Cemeteries
IV. The New Metropolis: Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux as Park Builders and City Planners
Chapter 10 Industrial Age Civilization: Birth of the Modern City, Beaux-Arts America, and National Parks 357
I. Haussmann's Paris: Birth of the Modern City
II. The City Beautiful: Monumental Urbanism in Beaux-Arts America
III. America the Beautiful: The National Park System
Chapter 11 Landscape as Aesthetic Experience: The Arts and Crafts Movement and the Revival of the Formal Garden 375
I. Modernity Challenged: Ruskin's Influence, the Past Revalued, and Italy's Long Shadow
II. The Edwardian and Post-Edwardian English Garden: Aristocracy's Golden Afternoon and Twilight
III. Design Synthesis: The End of the American Country Place Era
Chapter 12 Social Utopias: Modernism and Regional Planning 402
I. Urban Expansion: Town Planning for the Machine Age in Britain and Continental Europe
II. Greenbelt Towns or Suburbs?: Creating the American Metropolis
Chapter 13 A New Landscape Aesthetic: The Modernist Garden 434
I. Transitional Experimentation: Design Idioms of the Early Twentieth Century
II. Abstract Art and the Functional Landscape: Gardens for Modern Living
Chapter 14 Home, Commerce, and Entertainment: Landscapes of Consumerism 457
I. A Home for the Family: The Landscape of Suburbia
II. Commerce and Entertainment: Shopping Malls and Theme Parks
Chapter 15 Holding on and Letting Grow: Landscape as Preservation, Conservation, Art, Sport, and Theory 470
I. Preserving the Past: Place as Heritage, Identity, Tourist Landscape, and New Urbanist Community
II. Conserving Nature: Landscape Design as Environmental Science and Art
III. Earthworks, Golf Courses, Philosophical Models, and Poetic Metaphors: Landscape as Art Form, Sport, Deconstructivism, and Phenomenology
Chapter 16 The Weaving of Place and the Geography of Flows: Landscape as Bodily Experience and Vernacular Expression 502
I. Body and Space: The Weaving of Place
II. Cultural Geography: The Loom of Landscape
Glossary 514
Bibliography 520
Index 534
Photograph Credits 544
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2008

    A valuable landscape design history book

    As the founding president of the famous Central Park Conservancy and of Cityscape Institute, Elizabeth Barlow Rogers summarized her experience, research and observations and her extensive training in art history and city planning in ¿Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History.¿ ¿Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History¿ covers architecture, landscape architecture, conservation, city planning, earthworks, and other landscape designs in many different cultures from dawn of humanity to present, such as Stonehenge, ancient Egyptian royal cemeteries, gardens of Renaissance, Baroque Europe, English naturalistic Landscape, the Forbidden City of Beijing, Versailles, and New York's Central Park, etc. For many years, ¿The Landscape of Man: Shaping the Environment from Prehistory to the Present Day¿ used to be the only comprehensive book covering landscape architecture at a grand scale, with striking bird¿s eye view photos showing how brilliant human beings can be. ¿Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History¿ can supplement ¿The Landscape of Man: Shaping the Environment from Prehistory to the Present Day¿ since it provides more in-depth discussions. ¿Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History¿ has 544 pages and 633 line drawings and dazzling interior photographs 'many of them are color'. It is a valuable landscape design history book for landscape architecture students, seasoned design professionals and ordinary garden lovers!

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